The Movie DVD has come a long way since way back when. Before the 2000’s, most DVD’s were merely the movie and a title menu, nothing more. Now, the extras are where it is at. Despite double dipping, there are many DVD’s that are almost worth it just for the extras. This means, if a movie sucks, the extras might be enough to still be a worthy buy.
Back when you were getting advice with your home camera Convert 8mm Film to Digital from Kodak, the advice they gave was to count to 7 and shut the shot down. They advised against lots of jerky short clips. While that was in a slower and more graceful period of time, it’s still a rule to seriously consider. Tightly edited sales pitches, action packed movie clips and music videos may demand one to three second clips, but this is too fast for general family footage. We find that when people put photographs together in a video presentation, six seconds for each photo is about the right time.
To have the most out of your experience use the internet. I use Best movie & film where you can see what is playing, when and where, research any price savings and even procure your tickets online so you don’t have to wait in line. But don’t stop there. You can check out what is near the theater you are going to and construct plans for before or after the movie as well.
On the other hand, life becomes fresh and full and vitally alive when we care for our awareness. And now, you have to ask, “How do I care for my awareness? That is the most beautiful part of it all. You take care of your awareness by becoming more aware! How simple can that be? You strengthen awareness by using it.
There is a trick I use when going to manual exposure at an event such as a stage performance or a wedding. Let the automation help you! Before going to manual exposure, zoom in tight on an important face that is lit pretty much as you expect will be common throughout the event. The camcorder should adjust its exposure to a nice mid-point of the light on that face. Then flip the manual exposure feature on. Normally this will “lock-in” the automatic setting that you trust is OK. Do not turn the manual exposure knob — the camcorder is set to the desired value. You are now free to zoom wide and pan around the room knowing that a bright window in the background won’t close the camera’s lens down and black holes won’t cause the faces of the main stars to blister out.
Rule #4 builds on the two previous rules — vary your shots. Some shots should be from a distance to establish where we are and some should be very tight so we can really see the subjects in your video. Some shots should be long and some short. Here’s what to avoid: lots of mid-range shots with three or more people posing in them.
The box set is full of extras, including an all new Interactive ‘Backlot Tour’ with in-depth featurettes on the Songs, the Stage Show and Movie, Film and Sound Restoration and the real Von Trapp family.